Mandvi Village (Sangrur): A daily-wage labourer from Sangrur, Punjab, who earns a meagre Rs 250 every day, has become a crorepati overnight. Manoj Kumar works at a local brick kiln near his village in Punjab’s Sangrur district. On August 30, lady luck shined on him when he won Rs 1.5 crore in the state government’s Rakhi Bumper Lottery.Interestingly, Manoj bought the lottery ticket by borrowing Rs 200 from his neighbour.
Now, Manoj and his wife Raj Kaur are being frequently visited by real estate agents and bankers with lucrative investment offers worth lakhs of rupees, reported the Times of India.Manoj has three daughters and his eldest one, who cleared her Class XII exam this year, had started looking for a job. Manoj recently told her to resume her studies and forget about working.The 40-year-old had been working long hours in the brick kiln to earn some extra money for his father, Hawa Singh, who was suffering from asthma. Unfortunately, he passed away recently.“Whatever little savings I had, I spent on his treatment, but I could not save him,” Manoj told the newspaper.He regrets he didn’t win the lottery earlier which could’ve saved his father.
“After my father died, I went back to the brick kiln. Even after putting in extra hours, I could never earn more than Rs 250 a day as a U was paid 50 paise per brick,” added Manoj.On August 30, the local postman showed up at Manoj’s residence and told him that he had won the bumper lottery.
“I overheard the conversation my husband was having with the man from the post office. I thought they were just having a chat. But when the man came back with the newspaper and Manoj matched the ticket number, we were completely stunned,” said Raj Kaur.Manoj told the newspaper that he has already handed over the required documents to the state government and he will get the money in a couple of months.When asked about what he will do with the prize money, Manoj said that he plans to build a house for his family and also start a small business.